MORNE LE BLANC, LABORIE, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1-5:2
Morne Le Blanc is a hill/small mountain that overlooks Laborie Village and the southern portion of the island. The views on a clear day are fantastic. The hike is on the road, but it is fairly steep the entire way.
Coming from Vieux Fort, go past the first Laborie gap, staying on the main highway, and it will be the only main road on the right going straight up the hill. However, a Laborie bus will stop at the first gap and then go down into the village, so you will have to get out and walk to the gap going up the hill. About 10 minutes to the gap and another 45 minutes to reach the top.
At the top, there is a wooden platform that gets you above the tree line for a better view. Great place for a picnic lunch or a view of the sunset.
Cell phone coverage is good.
Take plenty of water.
Getting down in the dark might be difficult, as there are no lights on the road.
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-ALWAYS travel with at least one partner, preferably two.
AARON DOLL, EC76
This is an easy afternoon hike. The walk was a bit steep, but the view from the top is well worth it. EchoLab, an environmental group in Laborie, always holds its Earth Day events on top of Morne Le Blanc. Although it is a public place, the grounds are often empty of patrons. Take your lunch and a bottle of wine, a good looking lady friend and enjoy the view.